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VIDEO-- Nancy Pelosi: Dems can win the House. Oh, and she's totally into Hillary.


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If Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were to become Speaker again, the House will finally pass a bill. And not just "a" bill, but a bill or three that would actually help this country instead of doing what the GOP does, and create gridlock in order to make President Obama look bad.

When she was Speaker, here's what was accomplished in two years:

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Since John Boehner became Speaker? Nada. Zero. Zip:

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Now The Hill is reporting that Nancy Pelosi is optimistic that Democrats will "of course" gain seats and may regain control of the House:

In a sit-down interview in her office in the Capitol, the House minority leader stopped short of predicting that Democrats would regain the lower chamber in the 2014 midterm elections, but she had no hesitation in saying what she would use a majority for. [...]

[S]he vowed her party would “of course” pick up seats next year. It is the first time Pelosi has guaranteed that Democrats will cut into the GOP’s majority. [...]

And although the odds are stacked against Democrats taking back the House, the shutdown has boosted Democratic hopes.

“I’ve changed my prediction … from, ‘We’re working to win the House’ to ‘We can win the House,’ ” Pelosi said.

One of her priorities would be a bill that would significantly expand federal childcare benefits.

And per the Hill, Pelosi "can barely disguise her delight at the thought of a Hillary Clinton White House. It would align the first female president with the Democrats’ women’s empowerment agenda." In fact, she even hinted that she might endorse Hillz.

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Let's just win the House first, okay? Okay.


Video- Fox's Doocy Botches Deficit Reduction Numbers


I think "botches" is generous, I'm inclined to go with "lies". Via MM.

This is false. The Congressional Budget Office reported September 17 that the annual federal budget deficit had fallen this year to "its smallest size since 2008: roughly 4 percent of GDP [gross domestic product], compared with a peak of almost 10 percent in 2009":


Nancy Pelosi, House Dem leaders brainstorm ways to restore Voting Rights Act after SCOTUS decision


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Thank you Nancy Pelosi, for moving quickly to try to undo the damage that the Supreme Court inflicted on democracy. Key word: try. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix.

Via The Hill:

House Democratic leaders met Friday to brainstorm ways to restore the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court decision that voided the law's central provisions.

Assembled in the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmakers reached no conclusions about a specific fix, according to sources familiar with the talks, though they outlined a legislative strategy that features outreach to Republicans sympathetic to their cause.

Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.) and James Sensenbrenner (Wis.) both promised "to work to ensure that the court's decision does not diminish minority voting rights." I posted "Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) calls for update of Voting Rights Act" a few days ago along with a hunk of skepticism.

Pelosi has appointed Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a veteran of the civil rights struggle and the third-ranking Democrat in the House, to lead the Democrats' effort. Clyburn this week said the court's decision would likely empower conservative states — including his own — to launch redistricting efforts designed to marginalize minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

Excellent choice. And he's absolutely right, unfortunately. It's all about eliminating voters who support women's rights, gay rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, health care access, labor unions, public education, equal rights in general... all Democratic causes.

Of course, some conservatives in Congress think there is no discrimination any more, that it's all gone, poof! Like magic! Aren't they precious? Those would be the same conservatives who support restrictive Voter I.D. laws, cutting early voting, and other disenfranchisement and suppression measures, because, see, we're in a "post racial" era, see. Clearly, when something works as well as the Voting Rights Act, dump it. Duh.

However, per The Hill, some liberals are already wanting to include even more states than the original law did in 1965, states like Ohio.

When you add all this up, it leads to one (sadly) familiar conclusion: Stalemate.

More at the link.

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What?! On Meet the Press this Sunday: Nancy Pelosi, TX State Sen. Wendy Davis, and Rachel Maddow



Nearly every week, I post my Media Bias Sunday Scoreboard in which I shine a spotlight on the regularity with which Sunday talk shows invite more Republican guests than Democratic. And when they do invite Democrats on, they are usually moderate to conservative Dems, not Progressives, while the GOP guests veer far right. In other words, there is no "fair and balanced" representation, and viewers get an unhealthy dose of misinformation and/or bias and/or asymmetric world views.

Meet the Press is notorious for this... until now. Apparently, they've temporarily acquired some sanity and a sense of fairness. In other words, they realize that, for at this week at least, liberals can attract viewers (read: higher ratings).

Check out their line-up for tomorrow's show:

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Your eyes do not deceive you: Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi), Texas State Senator Wendy "#StandWithWendy" Davis (@WendyDavisTexas), and Rachel Maddow (@maddow), all in one MTP airing.

Countdown to David Gregory's and his conservative viewers' heads exploding in 5...4...3...2...

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Pablum for Simpletons



Congress has it's share of crazies, just like all large groups or families. Living up to the adage, "it's better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it," Michele Bachmann once again took away all doubt. After the denunciation of DOMA, the lame duck (or to many, just plain lame) Minnesota congresswoman proclaimed, "Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court (6 men, 3 women), can undo what a holy God has instituted." She would resume that line of attack later during a press conference, calling the Court's decisions "an affront to the Constitution."

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked what she thought of Bachmann's intense denunciation earlier in the day of the Supreme Court's historic rulings in favor of gay marriage, replied with a shrug: "Who cares?"

How's that for some plain talk?

But go a step farther. Somehow the press finds it necessary to give coverage to whack-jobs and ass hats like Bachmann, spewing pure garbage, but neglects to adequately report on medical, scientific, environmental, discriminatory and economic issues that matter to us all. After all, the Voter Rights Act got five minutes of coverage and those stupid gay rights findings by SCOTUS were interfering with the real news -- the stuff on TMZ. Did you know that he 17 year old witness at the Zimmerman trial had her hair styled and bangs cut specifically for the trial at Demond D's Salon and that she was wearing a new dress off the rack from K-Mart? Now that's breaking news!

News organizations are sending 200 reporters to cover the Travon Martin case and the Aaron Hernandez murder arraignment. How many are actually on the border covering issues of the dangerous crossings there? The human coyotes raping, beating and robbing those who wish to chance crossing the border in search of a better life?

Starving U.S. children, crumbling American infrastructure, women's health issues,  hijacking of state legislatures -- these hardly get a mention. When the Jody Arias sentencing hearings start up again in July, I wonder how many hundreds of reporters will be in Arizona. Human interest trumps human need to know. Maybe the press should be more concerned with what's really going on in order to produce well-informed citizens. It's certainly much more than just pablum for simpletons.

For those who care, give us news. Cover heroic efforts like Texas Senator Wendy Davis'  standing up for women everywhere. How about some reporting on the tragedies of the human trafficking going on in this country? Or the inept LA police shooting randomly into groups of suspected marijuana users who at worst, should have been ticketed? Where's the public information on the struggles of the poverty stricken living among us? Are those just for the back pages of the editorial sections of the newspapers? Filler coverage for network news? For those who don't wish to think, give us Harvey Levin's TMZ or Michele Bachmann's blather on the steps of Capitol Hill. For those of us who do care, get off your asses and do some real reporting. Carry on in the immortal words of Paul Harvey and give us the rest of the story.

There are important things happening in the world. Shine some light on them. Isn't that the main purpose of the fourth estate?


VIDEO-- Nancy Pelosi: John Boehner is projecting his own failure onto President Obama



Nancy Pelosi nailed it. As Rachel Maddow has noted repeatedly, VIDEO: “John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job”:

“Nancy Pelosi never lost a vote. She never once got so confused and lost such control of the group she was supposed to be leading that she did not know what they were going to do… She was good at her job. John Boehner is not good at his job.”

John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job.”

He is so bad, in fact, that he has resorted to projecting his own baditude onto the president. Of course, he also fails to acknowledge that Obama has been blocked at every turn by Republicans in the House and the Senate.

Nancy Pelosi:

"I don’t understand that, because he’s a gentleman, the speaker is. But that remark was -- I mean, it was almost as if he was projecting onto the president his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became speaker."

Chris Cuomo:

"You think the speaker is projecting onto the president his own failure?"


"Exactly... Because he hasn't been able to deal with his own party. There isn't anything that he passed that we haven't delivered the votes for him that has been job-creating."

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Audio- Fox's Mike Gallagher Tells Chris Wallace To "Throw A Bucket Of Water" On Pelosi And "See What Happens"


I once spent alot of very expensive cell phone minutes waiting on hold to speak to Gallagher. I've never called into a radio talk show before but he was ranting and raving about how all the housekeepers (don't think he called them that) don't speak English and that he wasn't leaving tips unless they spoke English and why in the WORLD are they taking Real "Muricans jobs? I was lived. My folks came over from Ireland and Poland by way of South America in 1960. When they got here the only jobs that were available to them were manual labor picking apples and cherries on a farm in Michigan. My mom spoke 5 languages (including English with an accent), my Dad 3 (including English with a HEAVY accent). That. Was. All. That. Was Available.

Manual labor and unskilled work is the stepping stone for those who don't speak English. How do you get instructions from a boss if you don't speak English? You don't unless the the boss knows Spanish, which is more common now but still is a sticking point. If you're hired as unskilled it's pretty clear what you need to know, so no special instructions need apply and if they do you can work it out. I wonder what kind of jobs Mr Gallagher's forebears worked when they first got here?

Sorry, I tend to get worked up over that second rate piece of slime. Via.